Jim Leavitt’s contract extension to remain as defensive coordinator at Oregon includes a raise and retention of his no-buyout clause if he were to be hired as head football coach at Kansas State, according to contract details reported Tuesday by The Oregonian newspaper in Portland.
Leavitt joined the Oregon staff this season under first-year coach Willie Taggart, who left at the conclusion of the regular season to become head coach at Florida State. Ducks offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal was promoted to head coach and he retained Leavitt, the former K-State assistant and South Florida head coach.
Leavitt received a raise of $200,000 to a guaranteed $1.7 million a year under a four-year extension that runs through Jan. 31, 2022. Should Leavitt leave before Jan. 31, 2019 he would owe Oregon $500,000 and the buyout would be reduced to $200,000 after that date.
The buyouts would be waived if Leavitt leaves to become K-State head coach, a clause that was in his original Oregon contract.
K-STATE LANDS WIDE RECEIVER — On the eve of the new early football signing period, K-State received a commitment from wide receiver E.J. Turner.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound Turner from Cartersville, Ga., is the second Georgia wide receiver in the Wildcats’ 2018 recruiting class, joining Jacquavius Lane from Loganville. With cornerback E.J. Thomas from Atlanta, the Wildcats have three Georgia players among their 14 commitments.
KILL RETIRES AGAIN — Jerry Kill, who has dealt with epilepsy-related health issues during his football coaching career, is retiring once again after one season as offensive coordinator at Rutgers.
Kill, 56, has dealt with the illness during his stints at Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois and Minnesota. He retired at Minnesota during the 2015 season and spent 2016 at Kansas State as an associate athletics director before returning to the sideline this year at Rutgers.
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